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Publication numberUS20060196873 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/906,727
Publication dateSep 7, 2006
Filing dateMar 3, 2005
Priority dateMar 3, 2005
Also published asUS7401708
Publication number10906727, 906727, US 2006/0196873 A1, US 2006/196873 A1, US 20060196873 A1, US 20060196873A1, US 2006196873 A1, US 2006196873A1, US-A1-20060196873, US-A1-2006196873, US2006/0196873A1, US2006/196873A1, US20060196873 A1, US20060196873A1, US2006196873 A1, US2006196873A1
InventorsTsong-Yow Lin
Original AssigneeTsong-Yow Lin
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Waste container with removable inner container
US 20060196873 A1
Abstract
A waste container includes an outer container and an inner container removably mounted in the outer container. The inner container includes a body and two handles. The body of the inner container includes a peripheral wall delimiting an opening. The peripheral wall includes two engaging sections on two opposite portions thereof. Each handle includes two ends pivotally coupled to the engaging sections respectively. Each handle is pivotable to an upward position allowing carriage of he inner container. Each handle is pivotable to a resting position for retaining a peripheral edge of a bag mounted in the inner container.
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1. A waste container comprising:
an outer container; and
an inner container removably mounted in the outer container, the inner container comprising a body and two handles, the body of the inner container including a peripheral wall delimiting an opening, the peripheral wall including two engaging sections on two opposite portions thereof, each said handle including two ends pivotally coupled to the engaging sections respectively;
each said handle being pivotable to an upward position allowing carriage of he inner container; and
each said handle being pivotable to a resting position adapted to retain a peripheral edge of a bag mounted in the inner container.
2. The waste container as claimed in claim 1, wherein the engaging sections are formed on an upper end of the peripheral wall.
3. The waste container as claimed in claim 1, wherein each said engaging section includes an elongated projection extending in a direction parallel to a longitudinal direction of the peripheral wall.
4. The waste container as claimed in claim 1, wherein each said handle has a curvature corresponding to an associated portion of the inner periphery of the peripheral wall.
5. The waste container as claimed in claim 3, wherein the inner waste container further includes two coupling member respectively mounted to the engaging sections, each said coupling member including a longitudinal groove allowing the coupling member to slide along an associated one of the engaging sections until an end wall delimiting the longitudinal groove of the coupling member comes into contact with a top end of the associated engaging section.
6. The waste container as claimed in claim 1, wherein each said engaging section includes a transverse hole extending through the peripheral wall, the inner waste container further including two coupling members respectively mounted to the engaging sections, each said coupling member including a transverse hole aligned with the transverse hole of the associated engaging section, further including two fasteners and two nuts, each said fastener extending through the transverse hole of an associated one of the engaging sections and the transverse hole of an associated one of the coupling members and then engaged with an associated one of the nuts, thereby fixing the coupling member to the associated engaging section.
7. The waste container as claimed in claim 6, wherein each said coupling member includes two pivotal holes to which the ends of the handles are pivotally coupled.
8. The waste container as claimed in claim 6, wherein the transverse hole of each said coupling member includes a stepped portion for accommodating a portion of the associated nut.
9. The waste container as claimed in claim 6, wherein each said longitudinal groove is defined in a side of the associated coupling member.
10. The waste container as claimed in claim 9, wherein the transverse hole of each said coupling member includes a stepped portion for accommodating a portion of the associated nut, and wherein the stepped portion and the longitudinal groove are located on two opposite sides of the coupling member.
11. The waste container as claimed in claim 1, wherein the body of the inner container includes a peripheral end edge adjacent to the engaging sections.
12. The waste container as claimed in claim 1, wherein each said engaging section is integrally formed on the inner periphery of the peripheral wall.
13. The waste container as claimed in claim 12, wherein each said engaging section includes two pivotal holes to which the ends of the handles are pivotally coupled.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a waste container. In particular, the present invention relates to a waste container that includes a removable inner container.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

FIGS. 1 and 2 of the drawings illustrates a conventional waste container comprising an outer container 5, a cover 6, and an inner container 1 mounted in the outer container 5. The inner container 1 includes a peripheral wall 3 and a peripheral end edge 2 that delimits an upper opening. In use, a plastic bag 4 is usually placed in the inner container 1, with a peripheral edge of the plastic bag 4 extending outward across the peripheral end edge 2 and then downward. The exposed peripheral edge of the plastic bag 4 fails to provide an aesthetically pleasing effect. When the plastic bag 4 is full of wastes (including garbage or the like) that are too heavy for the plastic bag 4 to withstand, the plastic bag 4 is liable to break while it is lifted, leading to contamination of the inner container 1. To solve this problem, the inner container 1 is carried to a desired location, and the plastic bag 4 is then packed and discarded. To move the inner container 1 with heavy wastes, the user has to hold the inner container 1 at two sides of the peripheral end edge of the inner container 1 with both hands. Hence, the user walks with difficulty and might get hurt while carrying the inner container 1 containing heavy wastes.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A waste container in accordance with the present invention comprises an outer container and an inner container removably mounted in the outer container. The inner container comprises a body and two handles. The body of the inner container includes a peripheral wall delimiting an opening. The peripheral wall includes two engaging sections on two opposite portions thereof. Each handle includes two ends pivotally coupled to the engaging sections respectively.

Each handle is pivotable to an upward position allowing carriage of he inner container. Further, each handle is pivotable to a resting position for retaining a peripheral edge of a bag mounted in the inner container.

Preferably, wherein the engaging sections are formed on an upper end of the peripheral wall.

Preferably, each handle has a curvature corresponding to an associated portion of the inner periphery of the peripheral wall.

In an embodiment of the invention, each engaging section includes an elongated projection extending in a direction parallel to a longitudinal direction of the peripheral wall.

The inner waste container further includes two coupling member respectively mounted to the engaging sections. Each coupling member includes a longitudinal groove allowing the coupling member to slide along an associated one of the engaging sections until an end wall delimiting the longitudinal groove of the coupling member comes into contact with a top end of the associated engaging section.

Preferably, each engaging section includes a transverse hole extending through the peripheral wall. Preferably, each coupling member includes a transverse hole aligned with the transverse hole of the associated engaging section. The waste container further includes two fasteners and two nuts. Each fastener extends through the transverse hole of an associated one of the engaging sections and the transverse hole of an associated one of the coupling members and then engaged with an associated one of the nuts, thereby fixing the coupling member to the associated engaging section.

Preferably, each coupling member includes two pivotal holes to which the ends of the handles are pivotally coupled.

Preferably, the transverse hole of each coupling member includes a stepped portion for accommodating a portion of the associated nut.

Preferably, each longitudinal groove is defined in a side of the associated coupling member.

Preferably, the stepped portion and the longitudinal groove are located on two opposite sides of the coupling member.

Preferably, the body of the inner container includes a peripheral end edge adjacent to the engaging sections.

In another embodiment of the invention, each engaging section is integrally formed on the inner periphery of the peripheral wall.

Preferably, each engaging section includes two pivotal holes to which the ends of the handles are pivotally coupled.

Other objectives, advantages, and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a conventional waste container.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the conventional waste container, wherein the cover of the waste container is opened.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of an inner container for a waste container in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 4 is an enlarged exploded perspective view showing a pivotal arrangement for two handles of the inner container in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 5 is an enlarged sectional view of the pivotal arrangement of the inner container in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view illustrating removal of the inner container from an outer container of the waste container in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a perspective view illustrating mounting of a plastic bag into the waste container in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 8 is an enlarged sectional view illustrating retaining of the plastic bag.

FIG. 9 is an enlarged perspective view illustrating another pivotal arrangement of the waste container in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 10 is an enlarged sectional view of the pivotal arrangement in FIG. 9.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIG. 3, an embodiment of an inner container for a waste container in accordance with the present invention comprises a body 10, two handles 20, and two coupling members 30. The body 10 includes a bottom 11 and a peripheral wall 13 that defines an opening (not labeled). The body 10 may further include a peripheral end edge 12.

Referring to FIGS. 4 and 5, the peripheral wall 13 includes two opposite engaging sections 14 on an upper end of an inner periphery thereof. In the illustrated embodiment, each engaging section 14 is an elongated projection extending in a direction parallel to a longitudinal direction of the peripheral wall 13. Each engaging portion 14 includes a transverse hole 16 extending through the peripheral wall 13.

Each coupling member 30 is mounted to an associated engaging section 14. In the illustrated embodiment, the coupling member 30 includes a longitudinal groove 31 in a side thereof, allowing the coupling member 30 to slide along the associated engaging portion 14 until an end wall 32 delimiting the longitudinal groove 31 comes in contact with a top end 15 of the associated engaging portion 14. The coupling member 30 further includes a transverse hole 33 extending along a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction of the longitudinal groove 31. The transverse hole 33 of the coupling member 30 is aligned with the transverse hole 16 of the associated engaging portion 14 when the end wall 32 delimiting the longitudinal groove 31 of the coupling member 30 comes in contact with the top end 15 of the associated engaging portion 14. A fastener 17 (such as a screw) is extended through the transverse hole 16 of the engaging portion 14 and the transverse hole 33 of the coupling member 30 and then coupled with a nut 18. Thus, the coupling member 30 is fixed to the associated engaging portion 14. Preferably, the transverse hole 33 of each coupling member 30 includes a stepped portion 34 for accommodating a portion of the associated nut 118. Preferably, the stepped portion 34 on each coupling member 30 is opposite to the longitudinal groove 31. Namely, the stepped portion 34 and the longitudinal groove 31 are respectively located on two opposite sides of the coupling member 30.

Each coupling member 30 further includes two pivotal holes 35. Still referring to FIGS. 4 and 5, an end of each handle 20 is pivotally received in an associated pivotal hole 35 of an associated coupling member 30. The handles 20 are normally in contact with the inner periphery of the peripheral wall 13 under the action of gravity. Preferably, each handle 20 has a curvature corresponding to an associated portion of the inner periphery of the peripheral wall 13.

Referring to FIG. 6, the inner container can be mounted into an outer container 60 of a waste container. A user may hold the handles 20 and thus easily remove the inner container from the outer container 60.

Referring to FIGS. 7 and 8, when placing a plastic bag 30 into the inner container, the handles 20 are slightly pivoted upward, and the peripheral edge of the plastic bag 30 is extended across the handles 20 and then bent around. The handles 20 are then released and thus pivot downward under the action of gravity. The peripheral edge of the plastic bag 30 is thus retained to the inner container by the handles 20 that come in contact with the peripheral wall 13 of the body 10 of the inner container. An aesthetically pleasing effect is provided, as the plastic bag 30 is not exposed. Removal of the plastic bag 30 can be easily achieved by pivoting the handles 20 upward.

FIGS. 9 and 10 illustrate another arrangement of the pivotal arrangement of the inner container in accordance with the present invention. In this embodiment, two engaging sections 40 are respectively provided on two opposite portions of the upper end of the inner periphery of the peripheral wall 13. Each engaging section 40 includes two pivotal holes 41 for respectively and pivotally engaging with the ends 21 of the handles 20. Preferably, each engaging section 40 is integrally formed with the peripheral wall 13. Assembly of the handles 20 is simplified while providing the engaging sections 40 with improved strength.

Although specific embodiments have been illustrated and described, numerous modifications and variations are still possible without departing from the essence of the invention. The scope of the invention is limited by the accompanying claims.

Classifications
U.S. Classification220/23.87
International ClassificationB65D21/02
Cooperative ClassificationB65F1/08, B65F1/06, B65F1/163
European ClassificationB65F1/08, B65F1/06, B65F1/16D1
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